France come calling for Kockott

2014-09-21 14:53

Paris - South African-born scrum-half Rory Kockott looks set to make his debut for his adopted country France after coach Philippe Saint-Andre named him in a 30 man squad for a training camp for the November Tests on Sunday.

The 28-year-old kicking specialist - who has been outstanding for his French club Castres since arriving in 2011 and scored 22 points for them in their win over Oyonnax on Saturday - is one of five uncapped players to be called up for the games against Fiji, Australia and Argentina.

The others are 24-year-old New Zealand-born prop Uini Atonio, who plays for La Rochelle, Toulon prop Xavier Chiocci, Bayonne No8 Charles Ollivon and Racing-Metro's lively wing Teddy Thomas.

Montpellier fly-half Francois Trinh-Duc, who many regard as France's best fly-half, earns a recall with the other No 10's in the squad Clermont's Camille Lopez and Kockott's halfback partner at Castres Remi Tales.

However, there is no place for Saint-Andre's previously favoured two scrumhalves - Lopez's team-mate Morgan Parra, who formed an effective partnership with Trinh-Duc under former coach Marc Lievremont - or the in-form Maxime Machenaud of Racing Metro as Toulon's Sebastien Tillous-Borde got the nod instead to compete with Kockott.

Saint-Andre, who has come under increasing pressure with his overall record a mediocre 11 victories, two draws and 16 defeats in his 29 Test matches since taking over from Marc Lievremont after the 2011 World Cup, also dispensed with the services of Clermont's veteran prop Thomas Domingo, and backrow forwards South African-born Antonie Claassen and Fulgence Ouedraogo.

Experienced hooker Dimitri Szarzewski, like Machenaud and Claassen a stalwart of Racing-Metro, was also left out although his exclusion may be more to do with having injured his left knee in Saturday's 27-16 Top 14 victory over Toulouse.


Forwards: Xavier Chiocci (Toulon), Alexandre Menini (Toulon), Benjamin Kayser (Clermont), Guilhem Guirado (Toulon), Nicolas Mas (Montpellier), Uini Atonio (La Rochelle), Rabah Slimani (Stade Francais), Alexandre Flanquart (Stade Francais), Yoann Maestri (Toulouse), Pascal Pape (Stade Francais), Romain Taofifenua (Toulon), Damien Chouly (Clermont), Thierry Dusautoir (Toulouse), Bernard Le Roux (Racing-Metro), Yannick Nyanga (Toulouse), Charles Ollivon (Bayonne)

Backs: Rory Kockott (Castres), Sebastien Tillous-Borde (Toulon), Remi Tales (Castres), Francois Trinh-Duc (Montpellier), Camille Lopez (Clermont), Mathieu Bastareaud (Toulon), Wesley Fofana (Clermont), Remi Lamerat (Castres), Maxime Mermoz (Toulon), Teddy Thomas (Racing-Metro), Sofiane Guitoune (Bordeaux-Begles), Benjamin Fall (Montpellier), Brice Dulin (Racing-Metro), Yoann Huget (Toulouse)


  • Johnnie Walker - 2014-09-21 15:14

    Good for him!

  • Dennis van Aarde - 2014-09-21 15:22

    Well done

  • johan.ludike - 2014-09-21 15:33

    Really pleased he is so much better than either Ruan and then Hougaardt but that's just my opinion. Won't be surprised if Fran's Steyn eventually plays for them as well. Imagine.

      goyougoodthing - 2014-09-21 17:00

      What a dumb comment Schalk, would you work for 2/3 of your salary?

      Trav Griffie - 2014-09-21 21:16

      Schalk, I'm afraid I'm with goyougoodthing on this one. It wasn't even 2/3 Of his was 50%. I don't like the way that he handled himself, but I have heard that he tried for 4 months to get an answer from SARU as to why and what could be done and they ignored him. SARU always come out of these situations smelling like roses, and they have no problem leaving the individual hanging out to dry in the media storm

  • Gerrit Horn - 2014-09-21 15:52

    Well done Rory! While the Springbok Coaches turned their backs on you - Go for it! See you at the World Cup next year!

  • grant.mcgillan - 2014-09-21 15:56

    Well done Rory, you were stuffed over by the Bok clique...shameful

  • Martin Pienaar - 2014-09-21 16:15

    Well done!

  • Rieks - 2014-09-21 16:22

    Great Rory, happy for you. After the RWC I'm sure that to see "Springboks" play, one will have to watch the overseas, especially British and French teams. What with quotas here in the SA, all our best players will move north for a fair deal.

      Alison Bains - 2014-09-21 16:39

      Rory did not leave because of quotas you fool. He left cause he was over looked by your coach.

      Rieks - 2014-09-21 17:01

      Sorry to disappoint, but Rory's story is not unknown to me. My comment on Rory has nothing to do with quotas - that is another observation all together. What I remember best of Rory is the super right hook with which he floored a bigger (than himself) international player while he was still part of the Shark team. Dont call me names boytjie. I know quite a bit more of rugby than what you credit me for.

      Trav Griffie - 2014-09-21 21:23

      Reiks, Rory was given a red card some years back for a left handed slap on Adam Thompson, who deserved a lot more than he got for man-handling Kockott after the whistle. Thompson went down like a sack of potatoes.

      donavan.boshoff - 2014-09-21 21:30

      Adam Thompson of the highlanders got klapped like the little girl he is. Dropped like a stone. Funniest day in rugby history.

  • Alison Bains - 2014-09-21 16:45

    All the players playing In Europe are there for the money. Even the S.A. players dont leave because of qoutas but to make a well paying career out of it. If you dont beleive me ask any one of them, even those from other countries.

      Rieks - 2014-09-21 17:14

      Sorry to correct you, but not all SA players play overseas only for the money. For 'only money' they play in Japan. Might be hard to understand but most of all our young players are SO passionate about rugby, that they only want to be acknowledged and the chance to play tough competitive rugby. Not given the chance to the Bok team on merit, paves the way to the north.

      Terry Burne - 2014-09-21 17:17

      Alison - rugby is now a professional game - that's how the players earn their living. If I were a young white rugby player and I was offered a contract to play overseas, and possibly in time represent that country if I was good enough, then I would also take that opportunity - as opposed to trying to ply my trade in my home country where the government is going to dictate that I cannot even get onto the field because they want to impose certain racial quotas on each team. It is the uncertainty of my rugby future that would dictate that I go and ply my trade overseas, where at least the rules are known - if I am good enough I get selected - if I am not good enough I don't. It is the uncertainty in my chosen career that would dictate that decision - and of course money is a big part of that, but so is the uncertainty of my rugby future in South Africa.

      Alison Bains - 2014-09-21 17:28

      You have Frans Steyn. He want more money to play for his country. Also went to Europe for money. I rest my case.

      Jeremy Marco Maarman - 2014-09-21 18:24

      Terry you clearly have no clue. Yes rugby is a professional sport and players only make decisions based on what is the best financially. I for one don't blame them. Quotas or no quotas, players will always leave for more money seeing that a career in sport is so unpredictable. Only comprehensive financial packages and sabbatical arrangements by the New Zealand Rugby Union are keeping players like Richie and Carter in New Zealand.

  • Craig Seaton - 2014-09-21 17:08

    Good luck awesome

  • Angling Sa - 2014-09-21 17:13

    Well deserved!!! ... And he will play his heart out for them.

  • Andile Sityebi - 2014-09-21 17:22

    There's a lot of talented players in this country, when he left there were quite few options than now. Good for him and his international career and where he is right now. Quotas should not be made a scape goat for any player that decides to leave south African shores.

  • Kauthar Ken Patrick - 2014-09-21 17:29

    What a shame a super player should have been there in place of that ruaan pienaar what a disapointment

  • Jeremy Marco Maarman - 2014-09-21 18:33

    I get so irritated with everyone jumping on the "quota" bandwagon to find an excuse for the disgraceful performance of the Springbok team. This countries constitution does not allow for quotas and it never will. The issue of leveling the playing field is the point here. Black players must fly to get in a Springbok team while white players simply walk in. The standards are so low for white players that they don't even need talent to make the team, just be overweight (conditioned), play for the right union and go to the right schools. Springbok rugby is terrible at the moment and that had nothing to do with quotas.

      Terry Burne - 2014-09-21 20:05

      Jeremy - you are confusing two separate issues here - I am no fan of HM tactics and the performance of the Boks under his guidance has not been good - most of the Boks supporters acknowledge that. Personally I (and most sensible Springbok supporters) don't care if all 15 players are black - as long as they are the best 15 players in the country at the time. The government on the other hand, don't care how good or bad the players are, as long as at least 50% of the players are black you see the difference?

      Trav Griffie - 2014-09-21 21:29

      Jeremy, I agree that there are some glaring selection issues at Springbok level. Juan Smith did not deserve to get the jump on Oupa. Nor did Nyakane deserve to lose out to Steenkamp. Lambie did not deserve to lose out to Steyn, and Oupa (again) does not deserve to lose out to Burger. Not all of these have any bearing on quotas, but they are questionable selections based on players being in the squad and then being leap-frogged by another who is not in the squad. Not everyone is jumping on the quotas bandwagon, but understand that it is a very raw nerve, and it is now a policy of saru based on their recent statement that its going to become reality.

      Jeremy Marco Maarman - 2014-09-21 21:48

      To each his own...

      fransvisserdsb - 2014-09-22 14:09

      Jeremy - I agree with you. I think a player like Senatla, Kolisi, Mvovo, etc. are good enough to play for the boks on merit. However, the problem with enforced quotas are that Traditionally black schools don't have rugby as a sport at school. Most traditionally white schools do. Therefore, whilst black people may be 80% of the population, white people make up 80% of the rugby playing pool, and the rugby supporters. This is changing, but until rural black schools have rugby as a choice of sport alongside soccer, soccer will always be the sport of choice for the majority of black sportsmen. The Eastern Cape is slightly different, as Rugby and cricket is quite popular among black people. But go to rural KZN - people there don't even know what rugby is. How can you enforce a racial quota on that basis?

  • Alan Robertson - 2014-09-21 18:54

    Can't believe hm overlooked this talent

  • lyle.haywood.58 - 2014-09-21 18:58

    Well done Rory. Hope you haunt the boks in their next matchup.

  • Ryan Taylor - 2014-09-21 19:51

    quota's are not a scape goat but rather reality!! it starts as early as some primary schools. your eyes, its a problem thats gonna leave us in a tri nations with namibia and zimbabwe....will be like our soccer side. do you even watch the games? if this is what you call disgraceful performances then you know nothing about rugby and clearly you are not involved with rugby at any level....rather shut up instead of looking an idiot

  • ryan.thomson.79274 - 2014-09-21 20:02

    New24 Facebook conversion is horrible... Can't tag any people with the story. But that aside this oaks gonna go places. Well done Rory! U deserve it 100% man...

      Cremora Machel - 2014-09-22 01:34

      It's just so loser to tag all your gay friends.

  • Cremora Machel - 2014-09-21 23:47

    When will the French move towards quotas? At least one French-born player in any team. And two in the national team.

  • Val Grantham - 2014-09-22 02:19


      Cremora Machel - 2014-09-22 03:10

      CAPS LOCK. Turn it off. *surname

      Alison Bains - 2014-09-22 05:17

      Did the boks have a player of colour at scrumhalve in his 'place'? Just asking.

      Cremora Machel - 2014-09-22 05:49

      *scrumhalf Jeez, do you saffas still go to school, or have you burnt down all of them?

      JA Jarr - 2014-09-22 11:49

      * or have you burnt all of them down? Yes, we do.

  • Ryan Taylor - 2014-09-22 07:36

    quota' are about amount of black players in the squad

      Cremora Machel - 2014-09-22 07:57

      quo·ta /'kwot?/ (noun): a limited or fixed number or amount of people or things, in particular.

      Cremora Machel - 2014-09-22 07:58

      It's got nothing to do with race.

  • Mike Hahn - 2014-09-22 09:27

    And we stuck with Hougaard!!!

  • roiboss - 2014-09-22 09:43

    So what if he was good for the boks he would have made it. He went for the money and the passport

  • Rian Van Jaarsveld - 2014-09-22 11:13

    Hey Europe guess what? Next year South Africa will chase more talented players your way because they have these silly quotas in place.... We will see more and more Saffas playing for other countries

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